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Lauren Barnes (left) in action for Seattle Reign. Picture: Christopher Mast/Seattle Reign FC

Barnes joins Melbourne Victory

17.01.2014

FFV secures American defender Lauren Barnes as Melbourne Victory guest player.

By Julian Trantino

Football Federation Victoria (FFV) is delighted to announce the signing of American defender Lauren Barnes as Melbourne Victory's guest player for the remainder of the 2013/2014 Westfield W-League regular season and finals series.

Barnes joins the top-of-the-table Victory on loan from US National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) club Seattle Reign FC and will be available for selection for the team’s Round 10 fixture away to Newcastle Jets next week.

The 24-year-old was a teammate of Victory midfielder Jessica Fishlock at Seattle in the 2013 NWSL season and was the club’s only player to start every game in a season which saw her win the Reign FC Defender of the Year award.

Barnes started her professional career with US Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) team Philadelphia Independence when she was selected by the club at pick No.15 in the 2011 WPS Draft, scoring two goals from 10 appearances in her first season.

She has also represented the US national women’s team at U15, U20 and U23 levels and played an integral part in leading the U23 team to the 2010 Four Nations Tournament title.

Fishlock said she was excited to be re-united with Barnes.

“I think Lauren is a fantastic player and I know exactly what she’s capable of. She’s a good girl as well, so I’m really looking forward to meeting up with her again in Melbourne," Fishlock said.

“What she’ll bring is a little bit of composure and experience to our backline. Our backline is so young and with Lauren you have someone who can hold and educate that defensive line with experience.

“She can bring balance to the defence as well as she’s left footed, so that helps an awful lot.”

Melbourne Victory takes on Western Sydney Wanderers at Campbelltown Stadium on Sunday and will be looking to surpass its longest ever winning streak of three games and undefeated streak of seven games.

Coach David Edmondson has added 18-year-old Emily Hulbert to the squad which defeated Canberra United 2-1 at the weekend.

Defender Alex Natoli will miss another 1-2 weeks with a hamstring strain.

Round 9 2013/2014 Westfield W-League
Western Sydney Wanderers v Melbourne Victory

Sunday, 19 January 2014
Campbelltown Stadium
Kick-off: 4:00pm
Radio broadcast: www.livecast.com.au

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtags #WSWvMEL and #WLeague.

Melbourne Victory squad (one to be omitted): 1. Brianna DAVEY (GK), 3. Jessica HUMBLE, 4. Katie HOYLE, 5. Laura SPIRANOVIC, 6. Cindy LAY, 7. Stephanie CATLEY (C), 9. Caitlin FRIEND, 10. Jessica FISHLOCK, 11. Lisa DE VANNA, 12. Jessica SAMUELSSON, 14. Enza BARILLA, 15. Emma CHECKER, 16. Beatrice GOAD, 17. Gulcan KOCA, 18. Emily HULBERT, 20. Cassandra DIMOVSKI (GK)

In: 18. Emily HULBERT (promoted)

Out: Nil

Unavailable: 8. Ashley BROWN (knee – season), 19. Alexandra NATOLI (hamstring - 1-2 weeks)

Head-to-head record

Played: 2 times
Western Sydney Wanderers win: 0
Melbourne Victory win: 2
Draw: 0
Last time they met: Melbourne Victory 2-0 Western Sydney Wanderers, Round 7 2013/2014

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